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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 2.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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An abundance of fresh, natural fruit flavor makes this beer something special. You would think we picked the fruit moments before brewing.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8269) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2010 Very last bottle from Erik’s Grocery Bag in North Canton. Pours a dark mahogany-brown with a thin off-white head that disappears fairly fast except for an outer ring. Stringy lacing. Aroma of dark fruits and malt. Medium body with a raspberry character and notes of sweet malt and hops. The finish is very berry. Decent overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Lots of berries on the aroma. It seems very essence-y, almost like now and laters or something, but I like that smell so it works for me. A touch of roasted malt sweetness underneath akin to brown ale. Pours dark brown with no head, and some red hues. More berry sweetness in the flavors, crunch berries, fruit soda, and some dark malt, light roast. Really it works, I like fruity pop like grape and strawberry soda, and I like beer - this seemed to comingle very well and didn’t come across as off putting or gross IMO.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2011
Old rating. Darkest brown pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of raspberries and roasted malt. Silky chocolate character with not so subtle raspberry character before a roasty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
The mustard seeds in the area seem to have these hiding in the back of their beer cases. The aroma on this beer is strong, and strikingly similar to Framboise Lambic. Raspberry and black berry dominate the aroma. The pour is deep dark brown, with a medium light tan head. I had expected the beer to be super sweet based on the aroma, but the hops, and sweet malts are very present and make the beer very enjoyable. The beer finishes pretty fast, but not clean. The body is light and very very carbonated. Over all, I’m not a big fan of fruit beers, but this is pretty good. In my humble opinion, if it had less carbonation, it would be a much better beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a thin brown with little head and aromas of berries... that’s it... just berries. Flavor is better than Smashin Berry, but still a little bit too much on the berries. There is a bit of dark malt that peeks through the raspberry/blackberry/strawberry patch, but this is still overly berried and comes across as too artificial.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Received a 22-oz bomber via trade with shigadeyo. Pours a dark cherry cola colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of both cherry and dark berry preserves, a hint of Raspberry Koolade and some caramel malt, Taste is medium to full bodied, with flavors of chocolate and raspberries with a hint of candi sugar. Finish is very sweet with a chocolate and berry aftertaste that slowly disappears. Over the top berry flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2010
22 oz. bottle via trade with miketd - Pours a a clear deep mahogany color with reddish-brown edges when held to the light. Small off white head and light lacing. Aroma is dark berries. So is the flavor. Medium body. Nothing fancy here. Just a decent fruit beer that my friends whom I shared the beer with, really liked. Thanks Mike.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3015) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2008
22 oz bottle

The bottling issues for this must have been resolved over the summer. I’m always glad to try a new Hoppin’ Frog release even if it they don’t set the world on fire. Looking at the reviews of others it is very possible that this is a new recipe. Going against the grain I will say that this was actually an interesting experiment. Having said that buying another bottle is not in the plans.

Aroma / Appearance - The carbonated dark purplish body was unusual for a beer. It looked more like a soft drink than a beer. Fluid and very dark only a trace amount of light was able to filter through the glass. The nose wasn’t terribly rih but it held together well. Aspects of raspberry, salt water taffy, Hershey’s chocolate bars and other sweets melded into a liquid candy store.

Flavor / Palate - The first sip was like liquid raspberry jam. As it settled the texture of Hershey’s chocolate syrup appeared on my tongue. Next came a trace amount of sugary sweetness before a reasonable finish. The overall experience reminded me of a Lindeman’s lambic minus that disgusting artificial sweetness. If you tried this before I would try to get another bottle to make sure it is still the same beer. If you haven’t split one with a friend.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7158) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bomber, thanks to Nathan, I believe. Poured clear cola brown with a short-lived cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet darker berries, cola, and some caramel with vanilla and earthy overtones.. candied overall, and not all that bad. The flavor had toasted caramel and the same berries as the nose, with cocoa and cola coming through on the edges.. sweet chocolate-covered berry finish.. a little medicinal. Light-bodied with scratchy carbonation on the palate.. the dark malts did some good things in here, and I’d consider drinking another (not today, but at some point).

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2548) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle from miketd in trade. Thanks dude!
Pours almost black into my Stone Leviation tulip like glass, with a nice biege head. Smell is very fruity and reminds me of Capri-Sun and fruit roll-ups. Very fruity and sugary in an artificial, but still pleasant way. Taste is somewhat thin, but still fruity in a beer-y and sugary juice and chocolatey sort of way. Not particularly great, and smelled better than it tastes. Hoppin Frog makes some truly great beer, but this isn’t one of their better ones, even though I tend to like a lot of sweet and fruity beers. Still drinkable, though.


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